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CCMB and CDFD inks MoU on Genetic Disease Diagnostics

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) and Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) to improve understanding and to enable better ways diagnosis and treatment of human genetic disorders.

Key Highlights of MoU

Both CCMB and CDFD institutes have mutually agreed to undertake training and educational activities in genetic diagnostics.

Objective of MoU:

  • To provide quality DNA-based diagnostic services to public at lower costs
  • To develop newer diagnostic methods
  • To engage in scientific research for improving understanding of human genetic disorders

Need: Each year more than 50 lakh babies are born with genetic disease in India. The burden of genetic disorders has its effects on economic and social structure of society.

Importance: Most of genetic disorders are presently untreatable and for those which can be treated, treatment is very expensive. Therefore only option to address genetic disorder problem is preventive approach which requires prenatal diagnosis and genetic counselling.

About Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology

It is an Indian biotechnology premier research organization located in Hyderabad. It operates under the aegis of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

Objective: To conduct high quality basic research and training in frontier areas of modern biology. It also promotes centralized national facilities for new and modern techniques in inter-disciplinary areas of biology.

About Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics

CDFD is an autonomous Indian Biotechnology research centre, located in Hyderabad.

It operates under the aegis of Department of Biotechnology, Union Ministry of Science and Technology.

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Delhi Police signs pact to implement Rooftop Solar Energy Systems

Delhi Police signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) to set up Rooftop Solar Energy Systems in more than 200 of its buildings across the city.

Key Highlights of MoU

As per MoU, SECI will support implementation of grid-connected rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on establishments of Delhi police. This is because solar energy is economical as well as environmental friendly.

Capacity: Under this green initiative project, Rooftop Solar Systems of total capacity of about 3-4 MW will be implemented across various Delhi Police buildings.

Need: As per Delhi Police, it has more than 200 establishments spread across city and their electricity requirements are quite significant. Thus project intends to utilize these vacant roofs of their buildings so as to harness solar energy and also to cater part of their electricity demand via generated green energy.

Significance: MOU will go a long way in making Delhi green and will be optimally used in buildings and complexes available with Delhi Police all across the city. It will not only result in significant reduction on electricity bill payments of Delhi Police but also further cause of ‘Clean Energy‘.

Way Ahead: Project would be completed soon in a phased manner with active cooperation between two agencies involved.

About Solar Energy Corporation of India

SECI is a company under Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).

It is government’s nodal agency for implementation of the National Solar Mission (NSM). It is the only Central Public Sector Undertaking (CPSU) dedicated to solar energy sector.

It was established on 20 September 2011 and originally incorporated as a section-25 (not for profit) company under Companies Act 1956. Later through Centre Government’s decision company has been converted into a Section-3 company under Companies Act, 2013. This mandate of company has also been broadened to cover entire renewable energy domain.

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